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Time For A Single, Six-Year, Presidential Term?

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An idea whose time has come? Not really.

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Puppies Reenact Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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Since the Supreme Court won’t allow cameras in the courtroom for oral argument, or indeed anything, John Oliver has come up with an alternative (one mildly NSFW word in the video): Here’s a link to the raw footage that John Oliver referenced in the video. There’s no sound to it since its meant for people […]

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Arizona, Will Come To Wyoming By Monday UPDATE: Make That Wyoming By Today

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This morning, a Federal District Court Judge in Arizona struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the nation gained its 31st state where same-sex marriage is recognized: PHOENIX — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is […]

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

The Supreme Court Has A First Amendment Problem Right At Its Front Doorstep

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The Roberts court has been very good on First Amendment issues, but it needs to address the First Amendment issue right outside its front windows.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

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A victory for the opponents of Voter ID laws that will be untouchable by the Supreme Court.

Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas Directed At Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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A not surprising outcome to a move that have had motives entirely unconnected to litigation.

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Sandwich Shop Workers Forced To Sign Non-Compete Agreements

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A national sandwich chain makes its employees sign a very restrictive covenant not to compete. It’s probably not enforceable.

Fifth Circuit Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect

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After a setback, Texas will be allowed to enforce its Voter ID law. At least for now.

Texas Attorney General Makes A Particularly Silly Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has made an incredibly weak argument in favor of his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Court Rules That “Creepy” Photos Taken in Public Aren’t A Crime

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A District of Columbia Judge has ruled that photographs of women taken in public do not violate the law.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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And Alaska makes 30.

Young African-American Males 21 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Cops

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

The numbers don’t lie.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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A victory for opponents of Voter ID in Texas, but it’s not likely to stand up on appeal.

Mike Huckabee Threatens To Leave The GOP Over Gay Marriage; Don’t Believe Him

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Mike Huckabee is threatening to leave the GOP if the party backs down on same-sex marriage. He’s bluffing.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law, But Will Likely Uphold It In The End

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Opponents of Voter ID laws should not get too excited over the fact that the Supreme Court has stayed Wisconsin’s law from going into effect for now.

Same-Sex Marriage Goes From 19 States To 29 States In One Week

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In the space of one week, we’ve gone from 19 states that recognize same-sex marriage to 29. Soon, it will be 35.

Voter ID Laws Blocked in WI and TX

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The law in Wisconsin was blocked by SCOTUS and in Texas by a federal court. Via USAT:  Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin’s voter ID law The Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing its new voter identification law on the eve of next month’s elections. In a related action, a district court judge in Texas […]

Another Police Shooting In Missouri

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Nearly exactly two months to the day after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, another African-American man has been shot and killed in the St. Louis area, and it has set off another round of protests: An off-duty police officer shot and killed a black teenager in St. Louis on Wednesday night, setting off a […]

A 29 Year Old Woman Is Choosing To Die Rather Than Suffer Through Terminal Cancer

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A 29 year old woman will end her life in less than a month. That should be her choice.

9th Circuit Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans In Idaho And Nevada

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Two more states are added to the list, with another three likely not far behind.

Federal Court Voids Virginia Congressional Map

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A Federal Court has given legislators in Richmond a complicated job.

Unclear on the Concept: Cruz and SCOTUS

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“This is judicial activism at its worst”-Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on SCOTUS, um, inaction on same-sex marriage. Also, good luck with this: I have introduced legislation, S. 2024, to protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage. And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to […]

The Supreme Court Has Made Nationwide Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage Inevitable

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The die is cast.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law

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An unsurprising decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court Declines Review Of Rulings Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

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By failing to act, the Supreme Court has effectively legalized same-sex marriage in eleven more states.

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

Are Some Crimes More Equal Than Others?

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Does the seriousness of a crime vary depending on the gender of the parties involved?

Amazon Employees Demand Pay for Waiting in Line

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Amazon warehouse workers want to be paid for time going through security checks to leave work.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman Said To Be Off The Table

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It appears that there will be no Federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. This is not a surprise.

F.C.C. Set To Ban The Word “Redskins” From The Airwaves?

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The F.C.C. will be considering a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Subsidies For Federal Obamacare Exchanges

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A legal setback for the Affordable Care Act, but the important arguments on this issue lie in higher courts.

Supreme Court Allows Changes In Ohio Early Voting To Remain In Effect

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The Supreme Court has issued a stay that will allow changes to Ohio’s early voting law to remain in effect for this year’s election. That was the correct decision.

No, Pennsylvania Is Not Blaming A Woman For Her Own Rape

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Facts are stubborn things.

Candidate For Navajo Nation Presidency Under Fire For Not Speaking Navajo Well Enough

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Politics, the law, culture, and a very old language collide.

Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Islam

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A fired Oklahoma worker beheaded a woman and was attacking another when he was shot. Workplace violence? Or terrorism.

Law Enforcement Claims New Apple And Google Encryption Policies Will Hurt Investigations

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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Apple and Google’s efforts to provide greater privacy to users.. They’re wrong.

Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign

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One of last members of President Obama’s original cabinet is stepping aside.

South Carolina Cop Charged After Dashcam Video Of Shooting Of Unarmed Man Emerges

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A South Carolina State Trooper has been charged in connection with the shooting of an unarmed man at a gas station that seem pretty outrageous: (emphasis mine) On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled over Levar Edward Jones for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, South Carolina, and subsequently shot the unarmed man in the hip. In newly […]

Forest Service Requires Media To Pay Fees To Take Pictures On Government Land

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Freedom Of The Press, if you can afford to pay the fee.

Justice Ginsburg Won’t Resign Because Obama Couldn’t Appoint A Good Replacement

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Once again, Justice Ginsburg is telling people she has no plans to resign, but her explanation is a bit different this time.

Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison In Campaign Finance Case

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Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza won’t have to worry about spending time in prison on his conviction for breaking campaign finance laws: The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws. Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court […]

Chief Justice Roberts: Neither Scalia Nor Ginsburg Could Get Confirmed Today

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Chief Justice Roberts lamented recently that an increasingly partisan confirmation process could mean that Justices who have contributed much to the Court would not be confirmed today. He’s right.

Justice Ginsburg Lifts The Curtain On How The Court Might View The Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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Justice Ginsburg had some interesting things to say about the same-sex marriage cases headed to the Supreme Court.

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